Normally simple or easy tasks become complicated when it’s raining outside. From crossing the road to get to your favorite diner or walking a few blocks to where you parked, there’s the extra hassle of having to carry an umbrella while lugging around your usual stuff. Often people have to make two trips or more because they simply can’t carry everything at once. It’s times like these when an extra hand (and we mean that literally) would be helpful.
That’s probably what Alan Kaufman had in mind when he came up with the Nubrella, which he dubs as “the world’s first hands-free umbrella.” I wouldn’t say it’s the first (remember the Umbrella Hat?), but it is the first that looks well-thought out and well-designed.
The Nubrella is essentially a hoodie umbrella. It was designed to be worn like a backpack and function like a hood, so expanding and folding the canopy is a breeze. It provides stability that traditional umbrellas don’t and gives users extra coverage, thanks to the extended canopy on the sides and rear. The Nubrella’s was also designed such that the wind would flow over and around the canopy without the possibility of inverting it, as is the problem with regular umbrellas. The best thing about it, though, is that you get one hand back.
The Nubrella is up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $50 will get you one of your very own.
VIA [ C|NET ]